WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- The last time Vijay Singh shot a 63, things worked out pretty well for him.
It was in 2008 in the final round the Deutsche Bank Championship, which he won.
His opening 63 Thursday here at The Greenbrier Classic put him in position to do so again (though he’s already been caught by Jonathan Byrd in the morning wave). The question is, can he turn it into a victory?
Eleven times Singh has opened with a 64 or better. He went on to win five of those events.
From 1995 to 2008, Singh had 155 top-10 finishes -- an average of 11.07 top-10 finishes per year. Since the start of the 2009 season, however, that number has dropped significantly for the 49-year-old, who has 11 total top 10s the last three-plus years (an average of 2.75 per year). Injuries and age haven’t helped any.
This is also the 22nd time that Singh has held or shared the first-round lead (and the first since the 2007 AT&T National). On five of those occasions, he’s gone on to win.
Only once this season, though, has Singh recorded so much as a top 10. But with a win on Sunday, he would become the eighth oldest winner in PGA TOUR history and the oldest since Fred Funk won the 2007 Mayakoba Classic at Riviera Maya.